Tube and Pipe Fabrication

The tube and pipe fabrication technology area covers sawing (band, circular, and friction) and other cutting processes, such as abrasive, flame, laser, oxyfuel, plasma, and waterjet. It also discusses forming processes, including bending and end forming. Finally, it includes a handful of miscellaneous processes, such as trimming, beveling, finning, grooving, threading, and spinning.

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Bending machine allows STEP file import

October 14, 2008

Winton Machine's RD30eCNC is a three-axis CNC rotary draw bender. This PLC-driven machine offers an optional PC interface that enables the user to import a STEP file from CAD directly to the bender...

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Wagner Companies hires manager of production control

October 14, 2008

The Wagner Companies, a manufacturer of handrail fittings and metal products in Milwaukee, has announced that Jackie Heinrichs has returned to the company as manager of production control. In this...

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Cylindrical deburring, polishing systems accommodate various finishing wheels, brushes, buffs, and belts

October 1, 2008

Midwest Sandright, a division of Midwest Group One, offers Rand-Bright™ cylindrical deburring and polishing machines and systems. Applications include steering racks, automotive valves,...

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The right stuff

September 30, 2008

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The best material for a tube bending tool is the most cost-effective in terms of the ratio of tool life to tool cost. A cost-effective tool tends to wear out rather than break at the end of its service life. This article addresses choosing the optimal material for a rotary die tube bending machine's full toolkit.

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BR Sculpture Company

Reflections on a perfectly symmetric ellipse

September 16, 2008

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Sculptor and fabricator Brett Richards of BR Sculpture, Chicago, got a contract to make a frame for an oval mirror—a length of square tubing bent to a perfect ellipse. Not knowing too much about the vagaries of bending tube, he figured he'd spend a few thousand dollars on a simple bender. After searching for months, he happened to see an elliptical shape made from square tubing in a vendor's booth at FABTECH.

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Digital FCAW orbital pipe welding system uses push-pull system for positive feeding

September 16, 2008

A new Pipeliner model from Magnatech uses a push-pull system for positive feeding. The 30-lb. standard wire spool helps lower consumable cost, according to the manufacturer. The head welds pipes from...

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Manual metallurgical saw features enclosed, dual-coolant-nozzle wet cutting area

September 16, 2008

The model K12-14MS manual metallurgical saw from Kalamazoo Industries features an enclosed wet cutting area with dual coolant nozzles to contain abrasive particles.The saw has a 14-in. abrasive wheel;...

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Pneumatic reciprocating saw certified for hazardous environment use

September 16, 2008

CS Unitec's 1.3-HP pneumatic reciprocating saw is ATEX certified (Class 112 GcT5) for use in hazardous environments. The saw's durability makes this tool suitable for use in refineries, offshore oil,...

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Hobart Institute expands training area

September 16, 2008

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has added 8,000 sq. ft. of training area to include two additional, large classrooms and lab space equipped with new technology.Enrollment has...

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Ohio Gratings expands with new division

September 16, 2008

Ohio Gratings Inc., Canton, Ohio, has announced a new division of its company, called OGi Architectural Metal Solutions. The division has been created to expand into the architectural metals market,...

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Mayville Engineering to purchase assets of Fabricating Specialists

September 16, 2008

Mayville Eng. Co. (MEC), a contract manufacturer in Mayville, Wis., has acquired the assets of Fabricating Specialists LLC, a manufacturer of formed tubular components and assemblies for the...

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Xiris names Kent Corp. as sales agent

September 1, 2008

Xiris Automation Inc. has announced that Kent Corp., North Royalton, Ohio, is the exclusive North American sales agent for the Zume product family. Scheduled for launch in October, Zume is an optical...

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Employees of The Wrench”

Two fabricators are better than one

August 26, 2008

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Motorcycle popularity has grown substantially in recent years, and many small shops that produce custom-made and limited-production motorcycles have sprung up. Two such shop owners, Brad Ruel of The Wrench and Mark Evans of Diablo Chop Shop, took it one step further and joined forces to combine their experience in designing and manufacturing semifinished (kit) motorcycles, completed bikes, and a substantial line of aftermarket parts.

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Portable tube bender has interchangeable 37-degree flaring attachment

August 12, 2008

Lomar's S1140 portable tube bender now comes with an interchangeable 37-degree flaring attachment. The quick-change head makes the hydraulic bender—which measures 6 in. by 20 in. by 7 in. and...

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Pipe welding video available for download

August 12, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. offers videos on pipe welding techniques, available for free download at the company's Web site. The videos explain techniques and technology that can help increase pipe...

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